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New cocktail bar will open this fall in Peyton Building, DBA the Volstead Act

Matt Goodwin will open a new cocktail bar in the Peyton Building later this fall, calling the business the Volstead Act.

The cocktail bar will move into the former Fraiche Contemporary French location, at 12 N. Post St. Goodwin said he hopes to open in September.

Goodwin has been co-owner of several area businesses, including the Boiler Room in the new Cedar Crossing development.

Goodwin said the business name refers to the law that created Prohibition in 1919. “The business will be a pre-Prohibition, classic cocktail lounge,” Goodwin said. He said cocktails produced in speakeasies and illegal bars after Prohibition relied on flavorings, sugar and syrups to mask the taste of bootleg whiskey and gin.

“Classic” pre-1919 cocktails are an emerging social trend, he said.

He’ll lease 750 square feet for the main seating area. Erik Nelson, Cody George and Alison Bantz, all with Kiemle & Hagood, arranged the lease.

Cedar Crossing project adds brewery and fire-roasted pizza place

A commercial and residential development in north Spokane’s Five Mile area will introduce a new craft brewery and an artisan pizzeria, each operated by Spokane food business veterans.

The two businesses will be Waddell’s Brew Pub and Grille, owned by Michael Noble, and the Boiler Room, operated by Matt Goodwin.

They’re the first two businesses moving into the five-acre Cedar Crossing project near the intersection of Francis Avenue and Cedar Street.

The developers of Cedar Crossing are Gib Brumback and his son, Nick Brumback. In addition to four eventual commercial buildings, Cedar Crossing will include 36 apartments in four buildings, Brumback said.

The two buildings housing Noble’s and Goodwin’s businesses will be roughly 30 to 40 yards apart. Both expect to move in by this fall, Brumback said.

Noble has operated Waddell’s Neighborhood Pub and Grille on Spokane’s South Hill since 2008. It will stay open and eventually serve beers made at Waddell’s Brewing at the north side location.

The new brewery and pub will satisfy two groups, Noble said: those wondering when he’d open a north Spokane location, and when he would introduce his own craft beers.

“Our customers thought we had our own craft beers, but we didn’t have the space you need to do that kind of brewing,” he said.

The brewery will start producing five original beers and a seasonal special. Noble said he expects to hire about 35 employees.

Goodwin has been part owner of three restaurants in Spokane: the Marquee Lounge, Press Public House and Fast Eddie’s.

His new eatery will serve gourmet pizza and offer a cocktail lounge, Goodwin said. The Boiler Room will serve some of the Waddell’s beers as well.